Accession Number:

AD0777473

Title:

The RAE Lightweight Solar Array.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

The paper traces the development of the RAE lightweight flexible fold-up solar array, culminating in the recent successful tests on a 280W prototype which have qualified the design for 6 years in geostationary orbit. The array embodies a number of unique features, including 125 micrometers silicon solar cells with wraparound contacts, 100 micrometers ceria-stabilized glass coverslips, cementless mounting of cells on the flexible substrate and deployment by a pneumatically actuated telescopic mast. A small version of the array is to be flown on the British X4 satellite in 1974.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE